There is a mystery on Filbert Way, as far as journalists and Leicester City fans are concerned. We may never know why Ben Chilwell and Hamza Choudhury were omitted.
Leicester City gave West Ham a thumping at King Power Stadium on Wednesday evening. 4-1 was the final score, though the Hammers didn’t even deserve that consolation goal: it was never a penalty, to use that old adage. Not to mention that the Foxes mostly dominated throughout.
The defence was superb all game – Caglar Soyuncu, Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell all had great matches. Ricardo in particular deserved his Man of the Match accolade but also earned an elusive clean sheet. Alas, it wasn’t to be.
Leicester City rumour mill
When Chilwell – who also performed wonderfully in Leicester’s latest victory – and Hamza Choudhury were omitted from the squad last week, Christian Fuchs took over at left-back. Along with Papy Mendy replacing his counterpart in defensive centre-midfield, while Wilfred Ndidi nursed himself back to fitness following a minor operation. They were both satisfactory.
Although the mystery as to why the England senior player and his Three Lions Under-21 friend were late or missed a training session entirely – especially on the same day, isn’t solved. Naturally the rumour mill went into overtime with wide, outlandish speculation that Foxes of Leicester won’t bother boring you with.
Obviously Brendan Rodgers has forgiven Chilwell as he returned to action and was outstanding for City. Though Choudhury was excluded again altogether; this time with no explanation from Rodgers, other than he wasn’t required.
Asked if there was no room for Choudhury, Rodgers said:
“Clearly not, no. I can only pick 18.”
– Via Leicester Mercury
With Mendy now maneuvered into a better ‘teacher’s pet position’, as well as Ndidi back from surgery and one of the preeminent DCMs in the world, maybe a loan move would rejuvenate and reignite Choudhury’s Leicester career. He is a much-loved, academy graduate and cult figure for the East Midlanders, therefore he is best kept at a competitive level rather than languishing in the reserves. Upon return there may be more opportunity to stake a claim for first team football.